Meet the team

We’re a venture capital-backed asset management firm that creates residential real estate funds called ReTFs.

As stewards of capital, our goal is to generate outstanding results for our investors while applying the highest standards of integrity and discipline. We’re reimagining the $2.7 trillion real estate asset management industry for the next generation of investors--individuals, institutions and foreign nationals. Meet the minds and hearts behind a young company with big plans.

Janine Yorio
Janine Yorio
Chief Executive Officer

Janine has over two decades of real estate investment experience. She was previously head of real estate development for Andre Balazs’ Standard Hotels, and before that was a Portfolio Manager at real estate private equity firm NorthStar Capital where she worked on hundreds of investments from origination to exit, five of which culminated in IPOs, including 4 publicly-listed REITs. Over the course of her career, she has managed over $2 billion in structured real estate investments ranging from CDOs and mezzanine loans to coliving and short-term rental strategies. She graduated from Yale University.

Jesse Stein
Jesse Stein
Chief Investment Officer

Jesse oversees real estate investment, operations, and new products for Compound. Previously, Jesse was a founding member and Chief Operating Officer of ETRE Financial, a real estate information technology company where he developed a trading platform specifically designed for real estate securities and partnered with Nasdaq on a series of REIT Indexes. He has a background in real estate investment banking and equities trading. Jesse is a graduate of Cornell University and also holds a Masters Degree in real estate investment from New York University.

Bill Staniford
Bill Staniford
Chief Innovation Officer

Bill was previously CEO of PropertyShark, New York City's first real estate data technology platform, which was acquired by Yardi Systems in 2010. During his tenure as CEO, PropertyShark was named one of the 50 best websites in the world by Time, Inc. He has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News and in countless industry publications and is widely considered an industry expert on the commercialization and implementation of real estate data and technology. He hosts a weekly radio show on 930 am about real estate technology. He began his career as a cryptologist in the US Marine Corps, cracking codes for the US military.

TJ Kawamura
TJ Kawamura
Head of Global Business Development

TJ oversees global expansion, strategic partnerships as well as real estate transaction analysis and origination. He has led business development efforts and advised several venture-capital backed real estate startups and has deep connections in the residential real estate development world. He is a licensed real estate broker in both New York and Florida and graduated from Bates College.

Najla Austin
Najla Austin
Head of Growth

Najla oversees all product marketing, sales and customer service including social media and content strategy. Previously, she was head of growth (including operations and property management) for Stayawhile, a venture-capital backed furnished apartment rental business. She has also led customer acquisition strategy, sales and digital marketing efforts for several luxury beauty and wellness businesses in New York City. She is a graduate of New York University.

Dominik Janković
Dominik Janković
Lead Software Engineer

Dominik is a full-stack software engineer with deep experience in both mobile and web applications. He has previously worked for a company that created travel software API integrations and proprietary election prediction software. He studied computer science engineering at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences and has been coding since he was 8 years old. He is well versed in C#, JavaScript, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, AWS and Azure. When he isn’t working, he is dreaming about technology development.

David Felipe
David Felipe
Graphic Designer

David is an experienced graphic designer who creates all branding, print design and UX/UI for Compound’s web and mobile applications. He has been on the creative teams that have built web and mobile applications for Accenture, Zara, Oysho and Payever.

Kunal Relan
Kunal Relan
Full-Stack Software Engineer

Kunal is an iOS security researcher, Author and a full-Stack developer. He is an expert at cybersecurity and has worked as an application penetration tester. He was recently named an Alibaba Cloud MVP. He holds a degree in computer science from Manav Rachna International University.

Ryan Mula
Ryan Mula
Senior Vice President, Institutional Sales

Ryan oversees all institutional investor relations and strategic distribution relationships for Compound. Previously, he served as a VP of investor relations for Boston-based emerging manager Bireme Capital and as VP of Institutional Sales for Wellesley Asset Management, which managed over $2.5 billion in assets. He also has experience as a placement agent for real estate funds. Ryan began his career at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor and has advised numerous fintech startups. He attended Northeastern University, where he played varsity hockey. He holds FINRA licenses Series 7 and 63.

Benjamin Fellous
Benjamin Fellous
Senior Vice President, EMEA Business Development

Benjamin oversees strategic initiatives in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Compound. He is an attorney and previously worked for Jones Day, the International Court of Arbitration and for WWF in Europe. He has held numerous roles with the French government and the France Israel Foundation. In 2017, he ran for the French Senate. Benjamin holds a Masters from Sciences Po and graduated from Sorbonne. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Hebrew and Arabic.

Kevin Kaplan
Kevin Kaplan
Regional Business Development, Austin

Kevin is responsible for strategic initiatives in the Greater Austin region. He is an experienced wealth manager, previously with Silicon Hills Wealth Management and AXA Advisors, with a deep technology background, having begun his career at Dell. He is also an active angel investor. He graduated from Bucknell University.

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Compound is an innovative, technology-driven global real estate asset manager, backed by some of the best venture capital firms in the world.

We’re based in New York City, and we’ve built a team that does great work and has a great time doing it.

We believe that having a deep understanding of different cultures and lifestyles —whether related to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, economics, age, or sexual orientation—will be a key driver of our long-term success. Numerous studies have shown that cognitively diverse teams are better at innovation and decision-making. For example, McKinsey & Company's 2015 report, Why Diversity Matters, demonstrated that companies in the top quartile for gender, racial and ethnic diversity were more likely to produce financial returns above their national industry median.

The demographic composition of the investment industry bears very little resemblance to that of the real world. By intentionally building a diverse team, we're better equipped to understand diverse customers and communities--many of whom have been excluded from investing in the past. We can also see opportunities that others might not.

At Compound, diversity is not an "initiative;" it is fundamentally who we are. Achieving meaningful diversity means more than just finessing outward appearances or gaming measurable statistics; it's about bringing together people with a mix of unique experiences and opinions who might never otherwise meet--and encouraging the special alchemy that happens when they do.

When we add to our team, we look for talent in unconventional places and revisit exclusionary norms. We also make an extra effort to seek out and work with other companies who do more than pay lip service to diversity. We know that better results come from thinking differently and being thoughtfully inclusive even if that means going against the grain.

We're always interested in hearing from talented, creative problem-solvers who value the same things we do: relentlessness, integrity, kindness, and collaboration.

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